Kendra Becker, PhD
Dr. Kendra R. Becker is the Director of Translational Research at the Eating Disorder Clinical and Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She completed her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and Biology at Purdue University, her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia, and her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at MGH/HMS. She provides empirically-supported clinical care for children, adolescents, and adults with all presentations of eating disorders. She is a co-author of more than 50 scientific publications as well as a self-help book for adults with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). Her primary research interests include exploring emotional and personality influences on eating behaviors as well as investigating neurological, hormonal, and behavioral differences among restrictive eating disorders. She has received funding from the U.S. National Institute of Mental health and private foundations to explore neurobiological underpinnings of reward in low-weight avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) compared to anorexia nervosa, emotional functioning in those with ARFID, and hormonal and brain changes following cognitive-behavioral therapy for ARFID.